October 27, 2021

I pulled out 11 of my decayed teeth because I couldn’t afford to see a dentist.

A mother who has not been able to find an NHS dentist for six years has been forced to remove 11 of her teeth.

Daniel Watts, 42, suffered from severe gum disease after an old exercise that ended in 2015.

The teaching assistant was asked to call back the dentist within four months.

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The teaching assistant was asked to call back the dentist within four months.Credit: East Anglia News Service.
Daniel has lost 11 teeth since his fall.

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Daniel has lost 11 teeth since his fall.Credit: East Anglia News Service.

Unable to afford private treatment, she spent six years searching for an NHS dentist who was ready to care for her and her 12-year-old children, Olivia and eight-year-old Eliza.

Terribly, she reached the point where she was forced to pull out her rotten teeth.

Now she fears she will lose all her money before she can take care of herself.

Teaching Assistant, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. “I am in constant pain and very frustrated because there is no help,” he said.

“I’ve had a lot of gum disease in the last two years and my teeth are dying one by one.

“It’s got to the point where I squeezed them and they came out. I’ve lost 11 so far and I think I’m going to lose them all at that rate.

“I’m trying hard to find an NHS dentist, but no one is there. It’s really scary, but there’s nothing I can do.

“It’s got to the point where I squeezed them and they came out. I’ve lost 11 so far and I think I’m going to lose them all at that rate.

Daniel Watts.

Ms Watts said she rarely had dental problems when she and her children had annual check-ups with their old dentist.

He added: “I had no idea it would be so difficult to find another NHS dentist until I started looking for someone else.

“I got a list of dentists and I called everyone to Bury St. Edmunds, as well as New Market, Milden Hall and Stove Market.

“But none of them will take us all as NHS patients. Some people didn’t even answer the phone or text messages.

Ms Watts added: “Friends would tell me they’d heard rumors of dentists accepting new patients, and I raised my voice, but then I realized they weren’t taking anyone.

“Some people will ask me to come back in four months, but then when I did that it was the same story and they still had no place.

“Then when it happened, I had to give up completely because I didn’t have a chance to get anything.”

Miss Watts of Berry St. Edmunds said her teeth began to deteriorate two years ago, forcing her to take painkillers daily.

He said: “My gums have shrunk and I have lost bones, so the roots of my teeth are being exposed.

“I’ll be in pain until they get more and more upset until they die, and then I can squeeze them.

“I had to use needles and a big toothpick to get rid of the abscess and infection in my gums, and then wash my face with salt water.

“I find the food very painful and I have to cut my food into small pieces.

Even eating a banana is painful and I can’t drink a cold drink because it makes the pain worse.

“There are times when I call 111 because the pain is so bad.

The last time was in November when my face was aching and I couldn’t sleep all night.

They took my details and a dentist called me. I explained that I was in severe pain and had a very bad gum disease.

Wait four months.

“But since my face wasn’t swollen, it wasn’t serious enough for anyone to see. I was just told to take painkillers and ride.”

“It got to the point where I was losing one tooth every few months, but it’s gotten worse and I’ve lost four in the last six months.

“The last dentist I tried was at New Market last April, and they told me to call in June. But when I rang them back, the phone rang and I answered. Gave up

“My gums are getting very thin on the rest of my teeth, so it’s inevitable that I’ll lose them too.

“I feel very helpless, and it’s affecting my confidence. I’ve stopped talking with my lips and it’s hard to understand myself wearing a mask.

Ms Watts said she brushed her teeth twice a day, but the vibrations made it too painful for her to use an electric toothbrush.

She worries about her children’s teeth, and fears that her son may soon need a brace.

Ms Watts added: “We try our best to take care of our teeth and we don’t have fuzzy drinks in our house. I just feel like I’ve been kicked out.

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